Home Ownership

Found 22 blog entries about Home Ownership.

Buying a home can be difficult for any first-time buyer. Knowing when the most appropriate time to purchase a home is as well as having everything organised is just half the battle. So, to help you along this process, your local Fort St. John realtor, Elizabeth Chi, has listed four of the most common home buyer pitfalls and how to avoid them.

 

Pitfall #1: Not Getting Pre-Approved

Most real estate agents will refuse to work with someone who has not been pre-approved. Going through this process tells realtors and seller’s that you are serious about becoming a homeowner and are not wasting their time. It also tells them that your finances have been reviewed by a mortgage professional and that you are financially equipped to own a home. Therefore,

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Welcome to this lovely family home in a family neighbourhood. This home has been updated for a warm and inviting finish with a semi open concept living area. There are crisp clean white cabinets in the large kitchen and stainless steel appliances plus tonnes of shelving. A partially finished basement comes with tonnes of opportunities to create your own oasis, from a man cave, movie room and more. The large fully fenced back yard is complete for your family fun and a deck built in 2015 is waiting to host BBQs and so much more. This home comes with a detached double car garage with laneway access.

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The real estate in Fort St. John is becoming more valuable due to the popularity of the area. With countless activities to take part in and beautiful scenery to explore, this area is great for everyone. As your local Fort St. John realtor, Here are the top 10 local points of interest in this area that can appeal to all different ages.

  1. The Lido Theatre

This is an old style theatre that has been playing classic films since 1957. This theatre has since become so much more than just a cinema but is now an area of culture amongst the community and there is definitely something for everyone.

  1. Pomeroy Sport Centre

This indoor sports arena is a great place for spectators and athletes to watch and enjoy hockey, speed skating, and

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I know that when it comes to choosing a Fort St John realtor, it is important to choose someone who is knowledgeable about both the local and national real estate markets, who is experienced with both buying and selling homes, and who is well versed in every aspect of the buying and selling processes.

As an expert in the real estate industry, I pride myself on staying ahead where industry practices and education are concerned. I believe that working hard to constantly improve my knowledge is well worth it when I have the opportunity to share what I have learned in order to help my clients.

Buying a home is rarely an easy process, simply because there is so much involved. I am well aware of this and want to do everything in my power to help my

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Have you started contemplating the sale of your real estate in Fort St John? If so, now is the time to invest in some upgrades to help maximize your return on the sale.

I have compiled a list of seven upgrades that typically pay off when you sell your home.

As a professional with years of experience in the real estate industry, I know that not every seller is dealing with the same circumstances – not everyone can afford to fully remodel their home and make expensive upgrades before they sell. With that in mind, I have included some larger scale upgrades in this list, as well as a few simple things you can do that usually pay off when it comes time to sell your home.

  1. Update Your Bathroom – There is no need to completely re-do your bathroom. If
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Renting Versus Buying

When it comes to Fort St John properties, as with many other areas, the question often arises as to whether it is better to rent or to buy.

The pros and cons of each option, renting and buying, will vary based on your particular situation, which is why one answer doesn’t fit for everyone. There are many different aspects involved, from the level of commitment you are willing to make to the financial costs associated with each. Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial decisions you will make throughout your life, so it is important to consider all of your options before you make any final decisions.

When you purchase a home, you are making a long-term financial commitment to purchase and maintain the home. Though, this commitment does come

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Fort St John Real Estate - After You Buy

The process of purchasing Fort St John real estate is an exciting time, full of firsts! If you go in alone, there will be many first that may seem overwhelming or catch you off guard, like the additional costs associated with purchasing a home.

As a reliable Fort St John real estate agent who has the experience of personally selling over 300 homes in the last few years, I know how best to navigate the process of buying and selling and ensure that my clients benefit from that knowledge.

This information is not meant to scare you away from purchasing a home, but to make sure that those of you who are looking to purchase a home in the future are well prepared for what is to come.

Being aware of the following potential costs allows you to better plan

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Can New Kitchen Appliances Increase the Value of Your Home?

Next to a major kitchen renovation, replacing appliances is the most expensive way to upgrade the space. So if you’re purchasing a new refrigerator, stove or dishwasher in order to make your home more attractive to buyers, you want to make wise purchasing decisions.

The most important consideration is how the appliances will look in the kitchen. Ideally, they should match in colour and style. They should also be the right size for the space. The last thing you want is a fridge that’s so large it dominates the room, or a stove that’s a completely different style and looks out-of-place.

Appearance is important, but so are the features. Buyers viewing your home will scrutinize the appliances. They’ll notice if the fridge has a cold water and ice dispenser.

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Should You Own a Fire Extinguisher?

You’ve seen fire extinguishers in commercial environments, such as schools, stores and workplaces. Does it make sense to have one in your home?

According to the experts, yes. In fact, a fire extinguisher can quickly put out a blaze that would otherwise quickly grow out of control.

There are several types of fire extinguishers that are made especially for residential use. That means they put out the most common fires that occur in the home (Class A, B & K fires), and they are easy to handle and use.

Since most residential fires happen in the kitchen, that’s the best place to keep your extinguisher. Make sure everyone in your household knows where it is and how to use it.

Keep in mind that a home fire extinguisher is meant for small fires that

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Not-So-Obvious Reasons to Meet with a REALTOR

When is the best time to meet with a REALTOR® like me? Chances are, you would say, “When I’m thinking of buying or selling a home.” You’d be right, of course!

However, there are many other good reasons to meet with me. Here are just a few:

• You want a professional opinion as to the current value of your property, so you know what it would likely sell for in today’s market.

• You notice a home listed for sale in a desirable neighbourhood, and you’re interested in learning more — even if you’re unsure you want to make a move.

• You’re thinking of moving within the next couple of years, and you want to find a REALTOR® like me, that you can get to know and trust.

• You want some recommendations for preparing your home for sale and especially

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